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What's considered a "good" traffic count?

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Jul 7, 2008, 1:47 pm

I just had a publisher/marketing somebody ask me what the traffic for my blog is like. Honestly, I have no idea. I've only got around to adding a counter and feedburner today, so obviously I haven't any results from that yet.

But just for curiousity's sake, what sort of numbers is she looking for? What's a 'good' amount of readers for a blog?

Ago 13, 2008, 8:32 pm

I get 5 to 10 hits a day. The publisher is probably looking for hundreds or more. Depending on your software you may be able to show the length of time people spend on your blog to show that while you may not get a lot of readers they spend an average of 5 minutes on your site.

Ago 14, 2008, 3:54 am

Google Analytics is free and gives you a really good breakdown of traffic, including a nifty little map that lights up with the countries where your traffic has come from .....

Ago 14, 2008, 12:46 pm

Wordpress automatically records it and I have ~200/day with the odd hiccup. Not quite sure what a "good" traffic count is though as I'm sure some reviewers out there put mine to shame.

Ago 18, 2008, 4:23 pm

This is the sort of question I am always wondering the answer to as well....what is good? Or good enough?

Ago 18, 2008, 7:06 pm

FYI the figures that Wordpress records are page views, not visits. If you install a sitemeter counter, for example (you can't use Google Analytics with wordpress), you'll probably find that unique visitors are far fewer.

Editado: Ago 18, 2008, 7:44 pm

IF that's WP.com, I think it counts your own visits/views if you're not logged in as well.

With sitemeter (for those who haven't used it) be sure to block your own IP so that it doesn't count your visits (the cookie option never stuck for me with sitemeter).

Ago 19, 2008, 2:41 pm

#6 You can use Google Analytics with Wordpress, but you do need to be self-hosted and able to edit the theme files to add the code.

Just thought I'd mention it as I know there are one or two self-hosted folks (like myself) out there.

Ago 19, 2008, 2:57 pm

8: True, I should have been more specific. Thanks!

Ago 19, 2008, 5:17 pm

I have been using statcounter for tracking my visitors, as the Google Analytics doesn't seem to be compatible with Livejournal (probably for the reason #8 mentioned) and I think it's working quite well for my purposes. It doesn't say how long the average user's on my site - I'd really like to know that, what a pity - but it does break down # of hits, # of people that actually visited, and # of returning visitors, which (in my opinion) is the most important piece of information!

Ago 19, 2008, 5:19 pm

10>Statcounter does track the visit length, even if it doesn't give you an average. You do get a lovely pie-chart, though.

Ago 19, 2008, 5:23 pm

I use Statcounter (http://www.statcounter.com) on my reading blog, and like it very much. It gathers all sorts of statistics and creates all sorts of graphs. It's easy to use, and you can even sign up for summary e-mails to be sent to you. It will track up to 500 hits for free.

Ago 19, 2008, 5:29 pm

#11 - Where is that option on Statcounter? I can't find it...

Ago 19, 2008, 6:41 pm

13> When you are logged in and viewing the project, "Visit Length" is one of the options under the "Statistics" navigation bar on the left side. 10th one down from the top.

Ago 19, 2008, 6:44 pm

#6 - Do you mean WordPress hosted sites can't use Google Analytics? Or any WordPress based site?

I have a WordPress site hosted by Dreamhost and the Google Analytics works fine. I had to put the code in my footer on the footer.php page.

Ago 19, 2008, 7:07 pm

15: See post 8.

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